A tiny Chihuahua, she weighed less than one ounce at birth and could curl up inside the head of a teaspoon. No one expected her to survive, but she did, thanks to her loving human Vanesa Semler, 38, of Kissimmee, Florida who fed the puppy every two hours using an eyedropper.
Researchers at the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in Seoul, Korea approached Ms. Semler wanting to clone the dog to try and determine the genetic code behind her tiny size.
(We don't know why--the logic of those who clone always eludes us.)
To carry the cloning process out, scientists extracted cells from Milly and used the nucleus, which holds her genetic information. It was then transplanted to a donor egg cell. The developing embryo was then placed into a surrogate mother who would carry the pups and give birth to them.
In August last year, the first litter of Milly's clones were born.
All 12 of the doggie doppelgangers now live with the Semler family, who have named the Milly clones: Molly, Mally, Melly, Mumu, Mila, Mary, Mimi, Moni, Mini, Mela and Mulan.
According to the Semlers, the pups have exactly the same personalities and looks, however, some are slightly bigger than Miracle Milly.
Last month, the family received the accolade for 'Most Cloned Dog' by The Academy Of World Records.
Mr. Semler, who works as a Chihuahua breeder, said: 'Miracle Milly is the actual World Record Holder for the Smallest Living dog from 2012-2018 and now she's the most cloned dog with more than 49 clones. The original idea was to make ten clones in total, nine for research and one for us, but they decided to clone her more times."
One standout feature is her personality, according to Ms. Semler. "We believe she has no idea she is a dog, because she never barks and only cries when she wants something. She is like our baby child."
Not surprisingly the Semlers have no human children.
You go to sleep with your 2-year-old child safely locked in.
Michigan mother, Myhia Perez, woke up to find her son. Princeton, missing from his bedroom and the front door unlocked.
Domonic Peake, his father, said he panicked while searching the cornfields, woods and swamps, finding only son's sippy cup.
Sheriff Daniel Abbott said Apollo, the family's 2-year-old Pit-Boxer mix, may have saved Princeton's life by staying by his side. Police followed Apollo's tracks to find the child in a muddy, wooded area about a mile away. He was discovered without his diaper, covered in scratches and bug bites.
"Without those dog tracks, without being able to track him for a half a mile in a muddy field, we wouldn't have had a good direction of travel of where that boy went," Abbott said.
Sheriff Abbott had treats for Apollo delivered to the Peake home Friday.
If the child had wandered off alone who knows what could have happened.
This story makes me think of the misguided parents who get rid of the family dog when the baby arrives.
A group of suspected rhino poachers may have been killed and eaten by a pride of lions after sneaking into a South African game reserve, park officials said.
Staff at the Sibuya Game Reserve found what appeared to be human remains alongside tools typically used by poachers to kill rhinos and remove their horns, according to a press release from Nick Fox, the park's owner.
South Africa is home to one of world's largest rhino populations. But extensive poaching and habitat loss mean the animals rarely survive outside of game reserves and national parks. More than 1,000 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2017.
Fox said at least three poachers entered the reserve late Sunday night or early Monday morning, waking one of the park's anti-poaching dogs.
The dog's handler heard a loud commotion coming from the lions and figured that's what set off the dog. It wasn't until the next day that one of the field guides discovered the remains near the pride of lions.
Staff alerted an anti-poaching unit and called Fox to the scene. The team found a high-powered rifle, gloves, wire cutters and the remains of a backpack with food, water and other supplies — classic hallmarks of rhino poachers.
Anti-poaching authorities and police were immediately alerted, Fox said. The lions were set to be tranquilized the following morning so authorities could search the area for clues.
It's still unclear how many poachers were killed by the lions, the press release said.
After almost being euthanized because of being heartworm positive this Beagle in Ohio got a new life — and his look of affection and gratitude has gone viral.
"The BEST Freedom Ride Picture EVER!" wrote Schenley Kirk in a Facebook post that has been shared more than 8,000 times, and shows her husband, Joe, rescuing the pup. "'Gregory' is one thankful and appreciative Beagle! He KNOWS he is SAFE!"
The BEST Freedom Ride Picture EVER! Pulled from the Euthanasia List at FCDS today by HOUND Rescue and Sanctuary, "Gregory" is one thankful and appreciative Beagle! He KNOWS he is SAFE! He is Heartworm Positive and will be going through treatment, but he knows he is in good hands! We will get him healthy and provide him all the love he so deserves and a wonderful future!! What a Great photo of Gregory and my Husband Joe on their way home from the shelter! This is what makes it all worthwhile! This is why we Rescue!
On her way to winning an Academy Award and a Tony for Original Musical Scores, granddaughter Alia is studying at CalArts and composing the scores for short animations created by some of her classmates.
CalArts is one of the top schools for animation and for music composition/film scoring. When the two teams collaborate, wonderful things develop.